Skip to comments.From Atheism to Catechism
Posted on 10/03/2012 8:35:44 AM PDT by marshmallow
Imagine societys collective shock if Hillary Clinton were to join the National Rifle Association, if members of the Westboro Baptist Church were discovered frolicking at a gay bar or if Quentin Tarantino were to announce plans to make a Justin Bieber documentary.
Josh Horns friends were hit with a shock wave of that magnitude when Horn, then an ardent atheist, announced his resignation as president of the Secular Free Thought Society, an ASU club known for its skepticism of religion. Horn had committed the ultimate taboo and sealed his self-imposed excommunication with one act: he decided to become a Catholic.
Sowing the seeds of devotion and revolt
This wasnt the first time Horn had radically changed his worldview. Horn, a history junior, was raised in Tempe by Southern Baptist parents so strict that as a child he had to have a multi-hour conversation with them pleading for permission to watch Pokémon (it was forbidden because they evolved, Horn says). From the ages of 3-13, he attended a private Christian school that Horn describes as fundamentalist, denial of evolution Left Behind series stuff, and attended church up to three times a week. He was a model child who impressed teachers and clergy with his preternatural intelligence, his disarming command of logic and his fervent religious devotion.
Horns zeal began to dim when he started public high school. For the first time, he was exposed not only to non-Baptists, but to the broad spectrum of the secular world. His curiosity and desire for knowledge were piqued and he began consuming academic texts religious, philosophical, mathematic, scientific like a starving man at a buffet.
My parents thought Id been brainwashed by my school, Horn says. All the things they told me not to look into, I decided to look into on my own.....
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Te deum laudamus!
You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
Enjoyed reading that!
Wow...good for him!
The article suggests strongly that his atheism was a by-product of his abusive upbringing. One suspects this is not an uncommon cause of atheism; a form of rebellion against parents. Other atheists have recounted similar tales.
If true, it sure debunks the myth that atheists are such because they’re too smart for religion, not that any sentient being ever bought that line of bull.
“A young Atheist cannot be too careful about what he reads.” C.S. Lewis
Another catch for the Hound of Heaven. Great article!
“...so strict that as a child he had to have a multi-hour conversation with them pleading for permission to watch Pokémon (it was forbidden because they evolved, Horn says)”
I thought this must be some sort of exaggeration, then I googled it. Yeeeeesh.